2016 Hyundai Tucson

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Hyundai Tucson highlights

Customer rating


  • Smart redesign adds space
  • Good value package, with a strong warranty


  • Base model's engine lacks gusto
  • Larger inside but still one of the smaller compact SUVs

Mileage (EPA estimate)

21 city, 26 highway, 23 combined

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More of everything with the all-new 2016 Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson was always a fun-to-drive choice in the hotly contested crowd of compact SUVs, and with this 2016 redesign, Hyundai has addressed the chief complaints against it. The previous Tucson wasn't the most family-friendly choice, with a cramped rear seat and a smaller-than-average trunk. With this new model, the rear seats now can accommodate adults and the expanded trunk space is more useful.

The rest of the offering remains familiar, with appealing improvements, though the trim lines have been juggled. The SE is now the base model and comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, a 5-inch color touchscreen, a rearview camera, satellite radio, and more. Its limiting factor is the 2.0-liter engine, which feels a bit sluggish. You'll want the Eco or the Sport, which come with a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that adds some pep to the performance without dinging EPA estimates much. The Limited remains the range-topping choice, with loads of features to match the Tucson’s crisp, stylish looks. All of the improvements combine to make it a tough new competitor to beat.

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What is new for the 2016 Hyundai Tucson?

  • The Tucson is available in a variety of new trims, including the ECO and Sport.
  • The GLS trim has been discontinued for 2016.
  • Tucson trims have been upgraded with Blind Spot Monitor, Power Hatch/Deck Lid, Turbo Charged Engine, Navigation System, and Bluetooth Technology as standard equipment this year.
  • A/C Seat(s), Lane Departure Warning, Parking Sensors, and Rear Seat Heaters features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The SE trim now comes with Cloth Seats as standard equipment.

2016 Hyundai Tucson trims

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  • Includes five-inch screen, rearview camera, driver-selectable modes, USB/aux input jacks, automatic headlights, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, privacy glass, 17-inch aluminum wheels, and more.

  • View all Hyundai Tucson SEs in stock


  • Adds the 1.6L turbo four-cylinder engine and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, power driver's seat with power lumbar support, side sills and roof rails, chrome dual exhaust, and more.

  • View all Hyundai Tucson Ecos in stock


  • Adds 19-inch aluminum wheels, hands-free smart liftgate, keyless entry and push-button start, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, driver-assistance tech features, and more.

  • View all Hyundai Tucson Sports in stock


5 reasons to buy the 2016 Hyundai Tucson

1. Four terrific trims

2016 Hyundai Tucson Review: Tech | CarMax

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson is available in four trims: SE, Eco, Sport, and Limited. The base SE trim includes a five-inch screen, automatic headlights, cloth upholstery, and 17-inch wheels. The Eco trim adds LED headlights and power driver's seat with lumbar support, while the Sport trim lives up to its name with 19-inch wheels and a smart power liftgate. The range-topping Limited trim adds leather seating, an eight-inch screen, premium sound, and more.

2. HTRAC all-wheel drive

2016 Hyundai Tucson Review: AWD System | CarMax

Hyundai's intelligent all-wheel-drive system (HTRAC) electronically controls the amount of torque split between the front and rear wheels. In the Hyundai Tucson, HTRAC usually functions in front-wheel-drive mode, allowing for greater mpg when on the open road. On uneven road surfaces or during inclement weather, the HTRAC system is designed to automatically send power to all four wheels for improved stability and grip. Unlike many automatic AWD systems, the Tucson's HTRAC has driver-selectable modes to match your driving style and weather conditions.

3. Powerful drivetrain options

2016 Hyundai Tucson Review: Engine | CarMax

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson has plenty of options, so you can find the one that fits your lifestyle—and that goes for engine options, too. The 2.0L engine connects to a six-speed automatic transmission to drive the front wheels, and the turbocharged 1.6L engine has a quick-shifting dual-clutch seven-speed transmission. With either engine, you get the option of FWD thriftiness or AWD stability.

4. The ultimate package

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If the high-end Limited trim isn't exclusive enough for you, check into the loaded status of the Ultimate Package, which is available on Limited models. This adds HID headlights, a panoramic sunroof, 4.2-inch driver's display, heated rear seats, and ventilated front seats. Not only that, but you'll also get driver-assistance features like lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and rear parking sensors.

5. Plenty of cargo space

2016 Hyundai Tucson Review: Cargo Space | CarMax

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson interior features flexible cargo configurations as standard. Set the rear seats down and gain a massive 61.9 cu-ft of space. A hands-free power liftgate is optional if you want added practicality when accessing the trunk. The cargo area is wide and easy to load, with a low lift-over height. Additional small storage options up front include several cubbies and bins for passengers to store their necessities. Need to haul extra-large cargo? The standard roof rails can accommodate 220 lbs of weight, from kayaks and canoes to a large cargo box (when properly equipped).

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson is a great car that has great gas mileage and is comfortable. Customers like the cargo space and the options available on the car.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Hyundai Tucson an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Hyundai Tucson 10th out of 29 among Compact SUVs.

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Hyundai Tucson features and specs

ECO 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41.5"/R 38.2"

Head room

F 39.6"/R 39.2"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

100/1000 lbs.



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More about the 2016 Hyundai Tucson

2016 Hyundai Tucson Review: Top Colors | CarMax

Exterior colors:

  • Ash Black

  • Caribbean Blue

  • Chromium Silver

  • Coliseum Gray

  • Dazzling White

  • Molten Silver

  • Sedona Sunset

  • Winter White

Interior colors:

  • Black

  • Gray

Interior details

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson interior seats five adults comfortably, and the flexible 60/40 rear bench design allows you to carry extra-large cargo. For extra-large cargo, the Hyundai Tucson can tow a small trailer—up to an estimated 1,000 lbs with the 2.0L engine, when properly equipped.

If you're looking for leather, check out the Limited trim. You'll love the spacious cabin, with plenty of room for passengers and a quiet on-road experience. The interior displays a modern and mature design, with an eye toward ergonomics over flashiness.

Child seat details

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson offers seating for five and can comfortably fit up to two car seats in the second row. This includes LATCH car seats, infant car seats, rear-facing convertible car seats, forward-facing convertible car seats, and booster car seats. The two sets of LATCH anchors are easy to reach and use, while the three tether anchors are in the seatback and clearly marked, making it easier to buckle small children into the 2016 Hyundai Tucson.


The 2016 Hyundai Tucson SE features a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that produces 164 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. Sending power through the six-speed automatic to the front wheels, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson runs from zero to 60 mph in 9.7 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new).

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited has a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder engine making 175 hp and 195 lb-ft. With the fast-shifting seven-speed sending that power to the HTRAC AWD system, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited sprints from zero to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new.)

FWD Tucsons start at an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy of 26 mpg, while AWD Tucsons start at 25 mpg combined.1 Both Tucson engines and drivetrains can tow an estimated 1,000 lbs when properly equipped.


According to EPA estimates, the FWD 2016 Hyundai Tucson's tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 342 grams per mile with the 2.0L engine, and 317 grams per mile with the turbo 1.6L engine. The AWD 2016 Hyundai Tucson model's EPA-estimated tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions are 355 grams per mile with the 1.6L engine, and 389 grams per mile with the 2.0L engine.

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